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4:40 AM ET, January 25, 2014


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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Why Republicans Keep Calling Women Sluts  —  As you've heard, yesterday Mike Huckabee stepped up to the plate and smacked a stand-up double in the GOP's ongoing effort to alienate every woman in America, when he said, “If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe …
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Does the Republican Party Have to Change?  —  The members of the Republican National Committee gathered in Washington this week.  On Thursday, Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and former presidential candidate, was the featured speaker.  “The Democrats,” Huckabee declared …
Discussion: Mediaite
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Rebranding: Who Needs It?  —  The Mike Huckabee brouhaha yesterday offered about the 155th recent opportunity for non-conservatives to observe that the “rebranding” exercise of the Republican Party isn't going that well.  But as The Atlantic's Molly Ball observes today, Republicans really just don't care:
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Post Politics
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Republicans Vote to Streamline Nominating Process
Discussion: Washington Post and She The People
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court grants temporary reprieve from contraceptive mandate  —  The Obama administration cannot enforce the Affordable Care Act's contraception coverage requirements against a Catholic nuns' order for the time being, if the nuns tell the government they object to providing that coverage, the Supreme Court ruled Friday afternoon.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court says nuns are exempt for now from Obamacare contraceptives rule
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Associated Press:
Court gives nuns a compromise on health care issue
Discussion: NPR
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Supreme Court Exempts Religious Nonprofits From Contraception Mandate Paperwork During Appeal
Robert Pear / New York Times:
In Nuns' Suit, Justices Block Key Mandate in Health Law
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Says Putin ‘Outperformed’ Obama On Foreign Policy  —  As Mitt Romney sees it, Russian President Vladimir Putin is way ahead of President Barack Obama when it comes to foreign policy.  —  “I think Putin has outperformed our president time and time again on the world stage,” …
Discussion: Associated Press and Liberaland
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
White House to launch new political office  —  Democratic campaign operatives have been getting worried that the White House wasn't doing enough to help them in the midterms, and that President Barack Obama didn't care enough to change that.  —  Friday, Obama is will provide the answer …
Does Obama secretly support Hillary Clinton for 2016?
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Judge Orders Hospital to Remove Pregnant Woman From Life Support  —  FORT WORTH — A Texas judge ruled on Friday that a Fort Worth hospital must remove the life support of a pregnant brain-dead woman, siding with the husband and family in a case that has drawn national attention.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Althouse
Diane Jennings / The Scoop Blog:
Judge orders JPS Hospital to withdraw life support for brain-dead pregnant woman  —  Erick Munoz declined to comment as he was escorted out of the courthouse following a judge's ruling.  (Tom Fox/Staff Photographer)  —  Marlise Muñoz, with husband Erick and their son Mateo (Kathy Chruscielski)
Discussion: ThinkProgress, The Raw Story and NPR
Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel:
Attorney: George Zimmerman stole photographer's work to make painting  —  Lawyer for photographer who took picture of Angela Corey: “You just can't do that.”  —  The special prosecutor who charged George Zimmerman with second-degree murder in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin …
EXCLUSIVE: POLITICO TRIES TO MANIPULATE HANNITY COMMENT ON MICHAEL SAVAGE  —  On Friday, Politico was set to release a puff piece on Michael Savage, the polarizing host tapped by Cumulus to replace iconic talker Sean Hannity on its affiliates.  In the process of putting together that puff piece, Politico contacted Hannity for comment.
Discussion: American Spectator
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Glitch Is Causing Thousands Of Emails To Be Sent To One Man's Hotmail Account  —  David S. Peck is getting a lot of emails.  In a glitch possibly related to the massive Gmail outage underway right now, there's an odd bug in Google search which is pointing users directly to his personal email address.
Discussion: Mashable, Daily Dot, NBCNews and The Verge
Shawn Boburg /
GWB scandal: Port Authority won't pay legal bills for David Wildstein  —  The Port Authority will not pick up the legal bills of a former executive at the center of an investigation into the George Washington Bridge access lane closures.  —  On Friday morning the agency notified David Wildstein …
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
RNC tightens 2016 primary calendar, rules  —  A series of changes aimed at tightening the GOP presidential primary calendar sailed through a vote at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting, giving the party new tools to control its nomination process.
Discussion: CNN and Washington Monthly
James Hohmann / Politico:   Reince Priebus calls on GOP to improve ‘tone’
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
RNC moves toward 2016 changes despite conservative outrage
Ryan Loskarn believed to have committed suicide  —  Jesse Ryan Loskarn, a one-time star staffer who was the former top aide to Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, was found dead Thursday afternoon following charges he possessed and distributed child pornography, according to the sheriff's office in Carroll County, Maryland.
Marilyn Tavenner /
Milestone: 3 Million in Marketplaces  —  Since the beginning of open enrollment, millions of Americans are gaining access to health coverage-many for the very first time—thanks to the Affordable Care Act.  The most recent data indicates that approximately 3. million people have now enrolled …
Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press:
Pope Francis Is Drafting An Encyclical On The Environment  —  VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has begun drafting an encyclical on ecology.  —  The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the document was still very much in its early stages and that no publication date has been set.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The Keeping-Up-With-the-Joneses Myth  —  Behind the Great Recession, there was a credit crunch.  Behind the credit crunch, there was a housing bust.  And behind the housing bust, there was an explosion in debt in mid-2000s among low-income households.  —  So what was behind that?
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Satan at the State House
Discussion: alicublog
Burgess Everett / Politico:
No progress on UI in Senate
Discussion: Daily Kos
Douglas MacMillan / Digits:
Music-Sharing Service SoundCloud Raises New Funds at $700 Million Valuation
Virginia State Legislature Bans American Flags On Sticks, But Lets Guns In
Discussion: Daily Kos
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Schumer Suggests ‘Electoral Reform’ As Way to ‘Lessen the Grip of the Tea Party’
Discussion: protein wisdom
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Fleming Jr /
Sony Pictures, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Make Movie Deal For ‘Lean In’
Discussion: The Verge and Gawker
James Hohmann / Politico:
RNC slams ‘unconstitutional’ NSA spying
Faith Karimi / CNN:
Sheriff Joe Arpaio: 38 Arizona inmates who defaced flag to eat only bread, water
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
Stuart Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
The Real Reasons Recruits Don't Run
Michelle Malkin:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce vs. America